This Christ-Centered Easter Tradition is a simple way to teach your family about the Easter story.
A Christ-Centered Easter Tradition
A few years ago, I realized that I wanted to do a little more to make our Easter celebrations more Christ-Centered. Don’t get me wrong. I love the Easter egg hunts, finding baskets and going on an Easter picnic. But, Easter means so much more when we dedicate more of our time to celebrate the real reason for the holiday. After all, because of Easter, we have a perfect plan of happiness and can live with our family members again after we die.
I received a copy of “Easter in a Basket” from a good friend. There were 12 eggs, each containing an object that represents a piece of the Easter story, with scriptures to go along with it. I have since modified it a bit to make it more kid friendly, but the idea is the same.
We love spending one night before Easter talking about the symbols of Easter or some years, we do one each night for 12 Days of Easter.
Tip: Have an Easter egg hunt! Make a game out of it and hide the eggs first before discussing each object.
What you need for 12 Eggs of Easter:
- 12 plastic eggs
- 12 objects listed below (feel free to modify any)
- a basket to put all the eggs in
- 12 Eggs of Easter Cards with all the scriptures and text for each day. Download here.
- You can do this activity as the 12 Days of Easter or all at once. Hide them for an egg hunt and then talk about each object.
12 Eggs of Easter
The 12 Eggs of Easter will talk you and your family through the important events of Christ’s last week on Earth. Each egg will contain an object that represents the scripture verses read for each day.
The 12 Objects Needed
- small cracker
- 3 dimes (30 cents)
- knotted twine
- chunk of soap
- nail and toothpick
- rocks and dirt
- piece of white cloth
- bay leaf or other herbs/spices
- nothing; empty
The 12 Days of Easter
You can use the below scripture references and objects to guide you through the 12 Days of Easter. If you’d like to save yourself some time, you can get an instant download here that has printable cards for each day.
Printable Eggs + Cards
Feel free to grab an instant download here of this 12 Days of Easter Tradition.
What’s included: 12 full color, double sided Easter eggs. There are 2 color options: pastel and bright. Print them out on cardstock and then you’ll have a decoration (for the mantle) or for a sharing time or Family Home Evening lesson. There are so many ways to use these!
Here’s what the back looks like: (scripture verses written out for easy reading)
1 -The Sacrament Symbolizes Christ’s Sacrifice
- object in egg: small cracker representing the Sacrament
- scripture references: Matthew 26:26-28, 3 Nephi 20:3-4, 6-8, 3 Nephi 26:13
And He went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:39
2- Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver
- object in egg: 30 cents (3 dimes) representing Judas’ betrayal
- scripture references: Matthew 26:14-16
Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, “What will ye give me, and I will deliver Him unto you?” And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:14-15.
This fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 11:12-14 that Jesus would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.
3- Delivered to Pontius Pilate
- object in egg: knotted twine
- scriptures: Matthew 27:1-2
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: and when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate, the governor. Matthew 27:1-2
4- Pilate washes his hands clean and delivers Jesus to be crucified
- object in egg: chunk of hand soap
- scriptures: Matthew 27:24-26
When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, “His blood be on us, and on our children.” Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Matthew 27: 24-26
5- A Crown of Thorns
- object in egg: thorn representing crown of thorns
- scripture reference: Matthew 27: 28-30
And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head. Matthew 27:28-30
6- The Cross
- object in egg: nail and toothpick representing cross
- scripture references: John 19:19, 3 Nephi 27:14, John 10:17
And after they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: Him they compelled to bear His cross. Matthew 27: 31-32. And He was crucified..nailed to the cross. Press this nail into your hand…feel how it must have hurt.
7- Upon My Vesture They Did Cast Lots
- object in egg: dice representing soldiers casting lots for Christ’s clothing
- scripture reference: Matthew 27: 35-37
And they crucified Him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet…And sitting down they watched Him there. Matthew 27:35-36
8- Signs of Christ’s Death
- object in egg: rocks and dirt
- scriptures: Matthew 27: 50-51, 54
Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; …Now when the centurion , and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earth quake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”
Matthew 27:50-51; 54
9- Christ’s Burial
- object in egg: piece of white cloth- symbolizes the clean cloth that Christ was buried in
- scripture references: Matthew 27:50-60
Then Joseph, a rich man) went to Pilate, and begged the body to Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock. Matthew 27:59-60
10- Jesus is buried in a tomb
- object in egg: stone
- scriptures: Matthew 27:60, 65-66
And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. Pilate said unto them (the chief priests and Pharisees), Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as you can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. Matthew 27:60, 65-66
11-The Stone Was Rolled Away
- object in egg: bay leaf, cloves or other herbs
- scripture references: Matthew 28:1-4, Mark 16:1
And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. And the angel said unto the women, “Fear not ye for I know that you seek Jesus, which was crucified.” Mark 16:1, Matt. 28:2,5
12– He is Risen
- object in egg: nothing– representing empty tomb
- scripture references: Matthew 28:5-7, Luke 24: 36-51, John 10:14-16, 3 Nephi 11:10-15
“HE IS NOT HERE, FOR HE IS RISEN, AS HE SAID” Matthew 28: 6
I hope you have a wonderful, Christ-centered Easter season!
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